On May 4, 2014, members of our Skeena team showcased some of our fisheries and other work at Science World’s Community Science Celebration at the North Pacific Cannery in Prince Rupert.
The event was a great opportunity for us to show off our tools and solutions and bring the business of fishing back to the community. More than 350 people came out to the event and learned about our ongoing programs in the region by:
- Testing an electronic monitoring system and RFID scanner, just like the ones commercial crab fishermen use in Hecate Strait (but without the salt water, waves, wind and rain!)
- Challenging friends and family to tally counter races – could they beat our Dockside Observers or data analysts?
- Practicing biosampling with the salmon scales, vials, tweezers, and calipers used by our At-Sea Observers
- Exploring 100 years of salmon catch data, as well as spawning and rearing habitat areas in the Skeena watershed
- Checking out First Nations land and occupancy mapping, as well as our work in Living Proof
- Discussing the landed value of fisheries – and how it’s not the only measure of a fishery’s worth
- Learning about our interactive tools like the Fisheries Diversification Model, Living Atlas, and ThisFish
The North Pacific Cannery sits near the mouth of the Skeena River, the second largest salmon-producing river in BC, so salmon questions were a big part of the day. But not all of them were for us – we polled the crowd for questions they would ask a fisherman and got some really good ones. We’ll be sure to share those in another blog!
We were thrilled by the community’s interest and enthusiasm – thanks to everyone who came out, and a huge thanks to Science World and North Pacific Cannery for making such a great event possible!